Medicare urgently needs overhaul

In a statement commemorating the 30th birthday of the scheme launched in 1983 by the Hawke Labor government, the Australian Healthcare and Hospitals Association said Medicare was showing “signs of strain as the health needs and expectations of Australians continue to change”.

“It is now time to make some reforms,” it said.

Meanwhile, at an event to celebrate the anniversary held in Melbourne last week, former prime minister Bob Hawke said every Australian was